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Cable and Wireless Communications (C&W) has begun to test drone technology that would help expedite network and connectivity restoration in the aftermath of natural disasters such as a hurricane or a tropical storm.

The initiative by the telecoms provider as the Caribbean prepares for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins on June 1st, 2015.

The drones would undertake aerial surveillance of communications infrastructure which would effectively eliminate the need for company personnel to conduct dangerous or risky tower climbs in the aftermath of a storm.

Carlo Alloni, Group Chief Technology and Information Officer says, “Hurricanes and tropical storms have been known to cause severe damage to telecoms infrastructure in the Caribbean, including our mobile and fibre masts.”

“Along with power and water, it is critical that we re-establish communications swiftly in the event that adverse weather conditions cause wide-spread service disruption. With communications as a linchpin for such relief efforts, we take our role in the recovery process very seriously. Adopting this technology will allow us to respond to our customers needs in a better, safer, and faster manner,” Alloni also said.

This news comes as following the announcement by C&W’s of Flow as its residential consumer brand in markets where it has received the necessary approval to merge.

Championing a progressive, revitalised culture, the Company’s use of drones highlights its renewed focus to leverage innovative technology in order to solve complex issues throughout the region.

John Reid, President of the Consumer group of C&W that currently operates both the Flow and LIME brands says, “Our customers are relying on us to keep them connected, and at the very least to reconnect them swiftly with family, friends and the wider community should a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, impact our services,” explained.

He said it is their duty to maintain those connections, ensure minimal disruption in the wake of natural disasters, and find other ways to be innovative and deploy technology as a problem-solver.

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